Gail Weisman
Children's Dental Coverage and Affordable Care Act: Gap Spotlighted in the Media
Author: Gail Weisman
Date: 12/18/2013 09:43am

Flawed implementation of pediatric dental benefits on ACA exchanges could leave millions of children without access to dental care, according to various advocacy groups.

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Ritu Dureja
Meet the Evaluators: Drs. Ritu Dareja and Parnika Bhagat
Author: Ritu Dureja
Date: 12/17/2013 05:07pm

We are business partners and owners of Soft Care Dental Group. We met on the first day of undergraduate school and went to Stony Brook dental school together. We had always discussed opening a practice together, so after 10 years it finally became a reality.

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James Poyak
Meet the Evaluator: Jim Poyak, DDS
Author: James Poyak
Date: 12/17/2013 04:59pm

As a dentist in the United States Navy, I began my dental career while stationed at NAS Oceana in Virginia Beach, Virginia. My current practice is located in Scottsdale, Arizona, where I have been helping people change their smiles and their lives since 1985. I chose dentistry as a career because I love working with my hands, being self-employed and being in a “people business”.

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Jason Schwartz
Pro Football Team Using Dental Hygienist's Invention to Call Plays
Date: 12/17/2013 02:39pm

A device created by a New Jersey dental hygienist is receiving high marks from an NFL coach after it has helped him call plays on the field during even the most inclement, vision impairing snow storms.

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Ron  Perry
3M ESPE Lava Plus High Translucency Zirconia
Author: Ron Perry
Date: 12/17/2013 08:02am

In the past, when someone said “all-zirconia,” many of us likely thought of crowns that were strong, but not necessarily very esthetic. Most of the blocks available for these restorations had a flat, whitish appearance that wasn’t very well-suited for the anterior, but worked very well in the posterior to provide strength with no risk of porcelain chipping.

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Bob Alaburda
Oral Health Problems Linked to Declining Thinking Skills
Author: Bob Alaburda
Date: 12/11/2013 03:48pm

According to a new study, tooth loss, bleeding gums, and gum disease may be a sign of declining thinking skills among middle-aged Americans. The study found that middle-aged Americans with fewer teeth performed poorer on cognitive tests than their toothy counterparts.

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Julie Cullen
GC America EQUIA Rapid Restorative
Author: Julie Cullen
Date: 12/10/2013 09:16am

For millions of Americans and their dentists, xerostomia is becoming an increasingly prevalent and serious issue. The damage xerostomia can cause is just as severe as the trouble created by a steady diet of sugary drinks and candy.

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Gail Weisman
New Recommendations on Oral Cancer Screening
Author: Gail Weisman
Date: 12/05/2013 11:33am

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) is a medical group that provides recommendations about how effective certain preventive care services are, especially for patients who don’t exhibit any signs or symptoms of disease. In November of this year, the USPSTF released new recommendations about screening for oral cancer that every dentist needs to be aware of.

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Jason Schwartz
Making Your Practice Kid-Friendly
Date: 12/05/2013 11:24am

Dealing with scared children at the dental clinic can be a trying part of every dentist’s practice. Mentions of shots, drills, and holes in teeth can drive young patients to tears, making the entire experience of cleaning and filling teeth difficult and inconvenient. However, making the environment of your practice kid-friendly can be easy.

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Robert  Levin
How Septodont's BIODENTINE 'Saves the Tooth'
Author: Robert Levin
Date: 12/04/2013 08:04am

In March 2010, I received a sample of a dentin substitute material for premarket testing and evaluation. It arrived late morning, and that afternoon I had a patient come in with seriously deep caries and an exposed nerve—a perfect opportunity to try this material.

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